Modest kitchen in Mafi oak with bronze splashback

Compact, contemporary kitchen by Man Architects with wood cabinetry, rear pantry and ancillary table

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This kitchens pantry is concealed behind a shiny bronze splashback, which reflects the television at the other end of the greater living space. A matching bronze pocket slider closes off the storage pantry completely. The design is by MAN Architects.

It's a common enough design brief create a spacious kitchen within a tight space. A clever design will address this need from every angle.

Architects Rob Nerlich and Kate McMahon, of McMahon and Nerlich, took just such an approach for this 4m-wide entertainer's kitchen.

The kitchen defies convention in a tiny space by stepping in from both edges, creating an easy flow around the compact island, says Nerlich.

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In what might seem a counter-intuitive move in a small space, this island steps in at each side to provide two access points for the finely tuned kitchen.

"We turned the refrigerator by 90 degrees to downplay its presence and the feature Mafi oak ceiling flows down to hide the fridge, becomes cabinet doors, and fronts the rangehood," he says.

McMahon says they added a pantry to the rear, screened in part by a bronze splashback.

"A pocket slider in the same alloy can be drawn across to merge visually with the splashback at the same time hiding the pantry from the living area completely," McMahon says.

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With plenty of room to move behind the island, this contemporary kitchen is designed to allow the owners to cook and converse with guests at the same time. The white dishwasher all but disappears into the island cabinetry.

Appliances are also a feature. These include a state-of-the-art Ilve stove and cooktop, a concealed rangehood and a discreet dishwasher.

"The kitchen has plenty of room for the chef to cook and entertain from. A table on wheels that matches the island can be connected up to the kitchen for family gatherings," Nerlich says.

Credit list

McMahon and Nerlich; Rob Nerlich, project leader, and Kate McMahon
Island and rear countertop in stainless steel, custom; tabletop in stone
Pendant light
Halo by Hive from Ke-Zu
Rymex mirror finish bronze
Technobili pull-out sink mixer
Whispair rangehood
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended
Custom Mafi oak cabinet doors; Rymex mirror finish bronze on pantry door
Pandomo cementitious screed
Light selection
Kim Edwards
Stainless steel, custom made with benchtop
Oven, cooktop
Fisher & Paykel DishDrawer

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Superk

17 Sep, 2015

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